Emerging India in Asia-Pacific

Edited by: Y. Yagama Reddy

Following independence in 1947, India was found to be more inward-looking than showing concern for its eastern neighbors. Its indifference to the ASEAN process and inclination towards the Soviet Union only widened the gulf between India and the ASEAN members. The termination of the Cold War brought in a radical change in the perceptions and approaches of the regional powers towards regional cooperation. India's gradual integration with ASEAN; the enlargement of ASEAN into a full-fledged regional grouping; and ASEAN's Summit level dialogues with China, Japan, Korea, and India have all kept the spirit of regional cooperation high. Having steered its 'Look East Policy' as a means of getting integrated with East Asia, India is now committed to consolidating the partnerships at various levels. India is not only being projected as a counter-balance to China, but also considered as a bridge to the markets of other Asian countries. The historic East Asia Summit held in December 2005 at Kuala Lumpur, clearly demonstrated that the concept of 'Asian-ness' is at last translated into reality. This collection contains 23 scholarly articles on India's multilateral relationships in the Asia-Pacific region. The wide range of papers, delving deep into economic, cultural, political, and strategic aspects at bilateral and multilateral levels, shed light on the inherent potentials and strengths of India to broaden and consolidate its prospects in Asian affairs.

406 pages

Publication Date: 10/1/2007
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9788177081299